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Barnes and Noble, Oak View Mall, Omaha, Nebraska – April 9th, 2009, at 7 p.m.
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Author of eighteen novels and two short story collections, Janny Wurts has been around fantasy literature for a long time, from her best-selling Empire series, co-written with Raymond Feist to two fantasy series of her own, The War of Light and Shadow and The Cycle of Fire. But she is also an accomplished artist and painter, and that is where yours truly first encountered her talent, on book covers and in fantasy art collections. All that, and she’s also a musician, formally trained in the highland bagpipes, among other instruments. How much more creative could one person be?
I can count the times on one hand (maybe even a couple of fingers) when a television series has so moved me, so inspired me, so filled me with emotion that I have to write about it. I just watched the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. (Yes, I’m almost a week late, but I’ve been saving this episode.) This blog is about the triumphs of writing, and if ever there was a triumph of writing, of vision, for the big screen or small, it is this series. (Yes, I know this sounds like hyperbole, even as I write it. Didn’t I just say I was inspired?)
Over the course of this interview series, I have been pleased to include authors from across the English speaking world, the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand, even various islands in the Caribbean. For this installment, I am pleased to offer an interview with our first Australian author, Karen Miller. Like so many authors who finally make it into that special realm of The Working Author Who Gets Paid Regularly, Karen has a personal history that includes numerous previous lives. Her works include Star Wars and Stargate SG-1 novelizations, plus her own Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, plus a secret pseudonym for other books you might have seen in bookstores (but you’ll have to read on for that).
So what does it take to be a freelance writer in the gaming industry? Drive. Plus a deep love and commitment to the game in question. Beginning writers and creative BFA/MFA graduates often agonize over a few hundred words at a time, unsuspecting that what it takes to succeed as a freelance writer often requires the production of tens of thousands of words at a shot, often in a ridiculously short window. Shawn Carman has produced vast quantities of game text, short fiction, continuing story lines, game rules, adventure scenarios, and more, with a cumulative word count into the multiple millions of words. He is well known in the RPG community as the guy driving the story and writing the books for Alderac Entertainment’s Legend of the Five Rings universe, a fusion of Asian mythology, history, and fantasy. The collectible card game and roleplaying game set in the L5R universe represent some of the longest running successes in the gaming industry, and Shawn has been contributing to its success for almost ten years.
UNO Writers Series – University of Nebraska at Omaha Writing Center – Arts and Sciences Hall Room 150, March 26, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Borders – Shadow Lake, Papillion, Nebraska -March 28, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
Confluence Bookstore and Bistro – Bellevue, Nebraska – March 28, 2:30-4:00 P.M.
Barnes & Noble – Oak View Mall, Omaha, Nebraska – Thursday, April 9, 7:00 P.M.
Special thanks go out to everyone who participated in the Amazon Ronin Rush on February 18. Thanks to your efforts, HotR made it as high as #20 on the Historical Fantasy Bestseller chart.